FORMER LION COACH NAMED HEAD COACH AT JACKSONVILLE STATE
December 29, 2012By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
BILL CLARK TAKES OVER AT JACKSONVILLE STATE, HIS ALMA MATER
Bill Clark, former Prattville Lion head football coach and Athletic Director was hired by Jacksonville State University December 18 as the school’s head football coach.
The Gamecocks’ athletic director Warren Koegel introduced Clark at a news conference Wednesday December 19.
“Our vision and mission are winning conference championships and advancing to the postseason on a regular basis and we feel like Bill Clark brings the experience and skills to help us achieve our goals,” Koegel said.
“When you look at the success that Bill has enjoyed in our state, both on the collegiate and high school levels, we feel like he is the perfect fit to be our next head football coach.”
Clark is a 1990 Jacksonville State graduate.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to come back home and become the next football coach at Jacksonville State,” Clark said. “Jacksonville State has a great tradition and I’m looking forward to building off the past success, while also making us a national contender on the FCS level in the future.”
Jacksonville State is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference in the FCS (Football Championship Subdivision). The Gamecocks field 14 teams including football. They play home games at Burgess-Snow Field which seats 25,000.
Jacksonville State field teams in baseball, Men and Women's basketball, Cross Country, Football, Rifle, Women's Soccer, Softball, Men and Women's Tennis ,Women's Track & Field, Men and Women's Golf, and Volleyball.
The Gamecocks won National Championship in Men's basketball in 1985; baseball in 1990 & 1991, Football in 1992, and gymnastics in 1984 & 1985.
Clark left Prattville following the 2007 football season to join the staff of the University of South Alabama as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator.
Clark was on the ground floor as South Alabama began to play intra collegiate football in 2008.
South Alabama placed four defensive players on the Sun Belt All-Conference’s defensive team following the 2012 season.
Jake Johnson, inside linebacker, first team; Alex Page, defensive lineman, second team, and B. J. Scott, safety and Enrique Williams, inside linebacker were named honorable mention. Clark’s 2011 defensive team finished 10th overall following the 2011 season in football subdivision rankings.
Clark came to Prattville High School in the fall of 1999. During his nine seasons at Prattville his record was 107-11. From the fall of 2006 until 2007 Clark’s Prattville team won 31 consecutive games, which is a school record, eclipsing Fred Jensen's record of 22 straight in 1948-1950.
Clark’s 2004, 2006 and 2007 teams advanced to the finals of class 6A winning two of those, back to back, 2006-2007.
He was Autauga County coach of the year six times, Metro area coach of year, three times, and state coach of the year twice.
His teams won 48 consecutive region games, 6 consecutive regular undefeated seasons, and won the regional championship seven consecutive seasons.
Prattville advanced to the playoffs eight consecutive seasons, quarterfinals three times, semifinals once.
He was the head coach of the North-South all-star game; head coach of the Alabama-Mississippi all-star game, an assistant coach of North-South game and Alabama-Mississippi all-star games twice.
He was also named the Southeast Regional coach of the Year by Scout.com following the 2006 football season.